Tuesday 19 September 2017

President joins Taoiseach in the rhetorical shallows

The only thing worse than prime ministerial baby talk is wilful presidential obscurity, writes John-Paul McCarthy

THE American critic Lionel Trilling once said that the writer who defines his audience by its limitations is indulging in unforgivable arrogance.

I thought of Trilling's admonition twice last week when seeking refuge from the mayhem in Greece, firstly when I found a copy of the Taoiseach's recent remarks in Drogheda on the Famine, and secondly when wading through President Michael D Higgins's long American speeches.

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